Actor Mark Margolis, who plays wheelchair-bound cartel boss Hector Salamanca in award-winning television shows such as Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul played, died at the age of 83.
According to a statement by his family, Margolis died on Thursday in a hospital in New York after a short illness. His wife and son were by his side at the time of his death.
The actor Bryan Cranston, who plays the main role in Breaking Bad performed, expressed her condolences to Margolis’ loved ones on Instagram.
“Today I am very sad to hear about a friend’s passing,” he writes.
“Mark Margolis was a very good actor and a lovely person. Fun and engaging from the set, and (in the case of Breaking Bad and Your Honour) intimidating and terrifying on set.”
Bob Odenkirk, the star of the series Better Call Saulin his tribute, described Margolis as an actor with a “powerful” presence on screen.
Breaking Bad ‘s official social media account also mourned Margolis’ death and praised him as an “extremely talented” actor “who – with his eyes, a bell and very few words – turned Hector Salamanca into one of the most memorable characters in the history of television “.
In the television show, Margolis’ character can only communicate by tapping a bell with his finger after one of his competitors poisons him and he suffers a stroke.
Born in Philadelphia in 1939, Margolis moved to New York to pursue acting.
He has since had a successful career as an actor where he has played various supporting roles in films such as Scarface, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Black Swan had.
In 2012 he was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Hector Salamanca in Breaking Bad.
He is survived by Jacqueline, his wife of 61 years, as well as their only child Morgan and their three grandsons.